How Do I Know If I Have A Sexually Transmitted Infection?

 
Q: How do I know if I have suffering from sexually transmitted infection? What are the other diseases included in that?
Expert Answer

Sexual intercourse can be a wonderful thing enjoyed by two people who love each other. However, sometimes mistakes are made, leading to worries and physician visits. In just a few minutes of unprotected sex of any kind, a person’s life can change forever. Their life can also be drastically shortened. This is because of sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STD’s. There is a very large list of infections a person can get from sexual intercourse. Some of these diseases are curable, some are not and some are even deadly. Sadly, all of them are very real and very dangerous. STD’s happen more frequently than most people would think. In fact, studies have shown that there are at least 65 million people in the USA alone who have some form of an STD. There are a reported 15 million new STD cases per year. These numbers are alarming, especially since many people have no idea that they indeed have an STD.

How Do I Know If I Have A Sexually Transmitted Infection?

The fact that many people who have a sexually transmitted infection go around unknowing of their condition is helping this crisis elevate at an alarming rate. Many people don’t know they’re infected simply because they don’t know the symptoms or don’t even have any. For example, statistics show that 75 percent of women will never experience symptoms of Chlamydia and 50 percent of men infected will never experience Chlamydia symptoms. However, there are some symptoms which come along with popular sexually transmitted infections.

The first symptom one should look for is any warts or marks, usually on the genitals. If the pimple type skin issue happens to start pussing, bleeding or remains raw and unpleasant, this could be a sign of an STD such as genital herpes or syphilis among others.

Another symptom would be lesions. Lesions are sore, often raw patches on skin. Many people who suffer from STD’s often get lesions. This is especially prominent with those suffering from HIV and AIDS. If you notice any unusual skin marks, head to the physician to get tested immediately.

A third symptom would be leaking from the genitals, usually accompanied with a foul odor. This is true for both men and women and can happen with a variety of different sexually transmitted infections. If the fluid is green or even yellow among other colors, accompanied with a foul odor, a physician visit is indeed in order.

Some STD’s such as syphilis often come with flu like symptoms including fever, lethargy, vomiting and more. Many symptoms are hard to notice, if they happen at all. If you have had unprotected sex ever with someone you were not in a committed relationship with, you may be at risk of having an STD. The only way to be sure is by visiting a physician and getting tested. The tests are often done in the form of a blood test or mouth swab and usually take a few days to a week for the results to come in. This is an important thing to do, you can save your life and many others by being tested. People who practice unprotected sex often should be tested regularly. STD’s are completely preventable with the use of your brain. Sex should be enjoyed with someone you trust and love, it should not be done with just anyone. Limiting sexual intercourse with your partners and practicing safe sex is a great way to lower your chances of becoming infected. Some STD’s can also be spread through oral sex if the receiver has a cut or open would on or near their genitals. This can happen when spit or other bodily fluids enter the wound. It’s always best to be safe rather than sorry, if you suspect you are infected go get tested today. Always be safe, you only have one life, make the most of it by staying infection free.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.